One final Asian Cup push for Luke Wilkshire?
Wilkshire, 33, hasn't played for the Socceroos since the pre-World Cup friendly against South Africa, but Australia's right-back position remains problematic and he could force his way in.
The Australian has been out of action for Feyenoord since sustaining a hamstring injury in their last Europa League matchday on November 6 against Croatian club Rijeka.
However, the full-back returned to training behind closed doors on Tuesday according to the Algemeen Dagblad and could line up against Sevilla in a crunch Europa League game on Thursday.
The timing could give Wilkshire one final chance to press his claims for Asian Cup selection, although he has appeared out of the frame under Socceroos boss Ange Postecoglou.
The veteran had been making a strong case to warrant a recall before the injury blow, after playing in 11 games for Feyenoord having joined the Dutch giants in late July.
Not only has Wilkshire not played for the Socceroos since the South Africa friendly, he also hasn't been selected in any of Postecoglou’s post-Brazil squads.
However, Australia have had their issues at right-back with Ivan Franjic struggling for game-time in Russia, along with Aston Villa’s Chris Herd who has battled an Achilles problem in recent weeks.
China-based Ryan McGowan hasn’t been selected by Postecoglou since the World Cup where he played all three games at right-back after Franjic’s hamstring injury in the opening game against Chile.
Back in September, Postecoglou said about Wilkshire: “He’s still in the frame. Everyone is in the frame.
“From my perspective we’re looking at some other guys in his position and if he keeps playing and playing well he’s always under consideration.”
At the time of the injury earlier this month, Wilkshire told Dutch reporters: "My hamstring injury is less than I feared.
“It’s unfortunate that this has happened, but I think I can get it treated intensively and quickly return to the team.”
The Australian’s possible return is a boost for Feyenoord ahead of the key clash with Sevilla who are currently leading Group G with eight points ahead of the Dutch outfit on six points after four games.
Feyenoord are currently fourth in the Eredivisie and have a big league clash with leaders PSV Eindhoven on Sunday.